IEP Chandigarh/Longowal, February 6
A two-day long sporting extravaganza “Khedan Halqa Sunam Diyan” organised by Babu Bhagwan Dass Arora Memorial Foundation at Longowal village concluded on a very positive note on Sunday late evening, further paving way for rural sportspersons to shine at a national level and bring laurels to the Punjab. Punjab Information and Public Relations Minister Mr Aman Arora announced that the “Khedan Halqa Sunam Diyan” tournament would be organised every year.
Punjab Vidhan Sabha Speaker S. Kultar Singh Sandhwan and Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann’s wife Dr. Gurpreet Kaur presided over the closing ceremony of Super Sports League and felicitated winning teams with cash prizes and specially designed trophies.
The team of Akbarpur village lifted the title trophy in Volleyball Shooting, Sheron and Sahpur Kalan secured 2nd and 3rd position, respectively. In Volleyball Smashing, Badrukhan clinched top position and Lakhmirwala finished 2nd and Bahadurpur remained at 3rd place.
Togawal team won the Tug of War competition in the senior wing, Sheron finished second and Bahadurpur third.
The Tug of War (junior wing) competition was won by A team of Government High School, Kularan, meanwhile, Government High School Kularan team B finished second and Government High School Togawal managed to secure third position.
Speaker Kultar Singh Sandhwan said that the main priority of CM Bhagwant Mann led Punjab government was to eradicate drugs especially ‘Chitta’ from Punjab and it could only be possible by channelising the energy of youth in right direction. He said that apart from weeding out drugs, every other malpractice will be ended soon within the state as the Punjab government has regularly been taking selfless initiatives contrary to previous regimes.
Punjab Information & Public Relations, Housing & Urban Development, New & Renewable Energy Sources and Printing & Stationery Minister Mr. Aman Arora said that no stone will be left unturned to provide world class facilities and infrastructure to the people of the state under the visionary leadership of Chief Minister S. Bhagwant Singh Mann. He said that following the footsteps of Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann, “Khedan Halqa Sunam Diyan” were organised to take ‘Khedan Watan Punjab Diyan’ at village level to hone the skills of budding players of rural area. He added that it would be made an annual event to prepare international level sportspersons from Sunam, the land of revolutionary martyr Shaheed Udham Singh.
He also thanked the participants, coaches and constituency residents for turning a small initiative of his foundation into a big sporting festival with their overwhelming support.
Famous Sufi singer Kamal Khan also enthralled the audience with his songs during the closing ceremony.
Notably, ‘Khedan Halqa Sunam Diyan’ were organised in the memory of Late Punjab Minister Babu Bhagwan Dass Arora, father of Mr. Aman Arora, at Shaheed Bhai Mati Das Senior Secondary School, Longowal. The Foundation has been organising medical camps and carrying out other social works for the welfare of the public for over a decade.
On this occasion, MLA Lehra Barinder Goyal, MLA Sardulgarh Gurpreet Singh Banawali, MLA Dharamkot Devinderjeet Singh Laadi Dhose, Deputy Commissioner, Sangrur Mr Jitendra Jorwal, SSP Surendra Lamba, OSD to CM, Punjab Mr Manjit Singh Sidhu, OSD Professor Onkar Singh, cabinet minister Aman Arora’s mother Smt. Parmeshwari Devi, ADC Varjit Walia, MC Longowal president Parminder Kaur Brar, among several other dignitaries were also present.
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